Best Hike Japan

Mt. Kaimon

Name in Japanese: Kaimon-dake (開聞岳)
Location: Kagoshima
Elevation: 924 m

A beautiful corn-shaped mountain called as Satsuma-Fuji

Mt. Kaimon is an individual mountain, located southern tip of the Satsuma Peninsula, rises 924 meters above sea level. It is a beautiful corn-shaped dormant volcano and it is also called as Satsuma-Fiji (its shape resembles Mt. Fuji). The trailhead is just the sea level. The route spirals up the mountain. The view from the summit is very beautiful and provide a view of distant islands.


  1. From 2nd station: 4 hours 30 minutes (8.0 km)

Sample route

Route: From 2nd station
Distance: 8.0 km
Distance in elevation: 724 m
Difficulty during the best season: beginner level
Season for hikers: late April to early November

Route and estimated course time:
2nd station –[1:00]- 5th station –[0:30]- 7th station –[1:10]- Mt. Kaimon –[0:50]- 7th station –[0:20]- 5th station –[0:40]- 2nd station [4 hours 30 minutes]

After crossing Kyushu Nature Trail, the uphill trail runs without branching. It becomes a broad visual field for the east side at 5th station. Then , the trail becomes rocky. The south side can be visual at 7th station. In sunny day, Yakushima Island can see from there. The peak is after passing a steep slope and ladder place just directly under the mountain top.

Stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below.

Route map

sample hiking route of Mt. Kaimon

marks on the map

Hiking report

It is not available yet.


Public transportation

  1. 2nd station: Kaimon station -(40-minutes walk)- 2nd station

Area information

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  • Hello!

    I noticed the beauty of Japanese nature when I went to an English language school in the US. While staying the US, I enjoyed hiking at National Parks. I wanted visitors from different countries to have a good time here in Japan as I did in the US.